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Chatfield approves 2016 fee ordinance


Mon, Nov 30th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

By Karen Reisner

At the November 23 Chatfield City Council meeting, the first consideration of the 2016 proposed fee schedule was approved. Councilors Robert Pederson and Paul Novotny were absent.

City Clerk Joel Young noted changes in the fee schedule from 2015. The schedule is approved on an annual basis. There is a $1.25 increase (3%) in the base monthly fee for sewer rates and a 45 cent (4.5%) increase in the base monthly water rate fee. Hook-up fees for sewer and water were also adjusted. Councilor Mike Urban questioned whether the fees for use of the swimming pool were adequate to keep up with cost increases.

Wellhead Protection Plan

Superintendent of City Services Brian Burkholder explained that the Wellhead Protection Plan is updated every 10 years as required by the Minnesota Department of Health. We are in year eight. Part I of the plan which is very technical needs to be approved before moving into Part II. Burkholder noted a few changes in Part I including larger Wellhead areas that overlap instead of two separate areas, improvements in the 20 year flow model, and the recognition of different areas of vulnerability in water quality (nitrates, road salts, and other chemical indicators).

Part I amendments were approved. Part II shouldn’t take as long this time, as the city is not starting from scratch, but working off the last plan.

Other business in brief

The purchase of a Toolcat 5610 G-Series at a total cost of about $62,000 with attachments from Bobcat of Rochester was approved. Burkholder explained it will take the place of the city’s skid loader. The skid loader, Trackless, and New Holland mower were sold for a total of $49,000. The use of the Toolcat is expected to get more done in less time and run the ditch mower, so the city will not have to rent a tractor.

The council adopted a “Fly Local” policy as recommended by the Chatfield EDA. Chris Giesen, EDA coordinator, said the purpose of adopting the policy is to raise awareness of the Rochester International Airport as a regional asset. It encourages use of the airport by residents and businesses. He noted that the city of Chatfield doesn’t use air travel.

Giesen reported that Family Dollar is no longer interested in building a store at the Chatfield site. They were asking to use a lot of public money. Another possibility is being looked into to develop th .....
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Public works issues in Chatfield

Mon, Nov 16th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the November 9 Chatfield City Council meeting, a number of public works related issues were discussed. Approval was given ordering a proposal from a mechanical engineer to analyze the current heating and cooling systems in the Thurber Building ..... 
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Chatfield increases Fire Department officer pay

Mon, Nov 2nd, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

The Chatfield City Council at their October 26 meeting approved the doubling of fire officer’s pay. This pay increase was recommended after being discussed in the Public Services Committee. Councilor Robert Pederson said they did question the am ..... 
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Gaga ball pit installed

Mon, Oct 19th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

During a relatively brief meeting of the Chatfield City Council on October 12, it was reported that the Gaga ball pit has been installed in Mill Creek Park on an existing sand volleyball court. City Clerk Joel Young noted that one Mom has stopped ..... 
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Chatfield hires wastewater treatment plant operator

Mon, Sep 28th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

The Chatfield city council convened a special meeting on September 21 to consider hiring a wastewater treatment plant operator. Six people applied for the position, of which three were interviewed. Superintendent of city services Brian Burkholder ..... 
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Chatfield restructures pay grid

Mon, Aug 31st, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

City Clerk Joel Young explained at the city council’s August 24 meeting that Chatfield’s pay grid is low compared to other cities of the same size. During the 2013 Law Enforcement Labor Services union negotiations, the city agreed to do a pay st ..... 
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Chatfield EDA requests CCA rezoning

Mon, Aug 17th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the August 10 Chatfield City Council meeting councilors unanimously approved the rezoning of Block 19, Chatfield Center for the Arts (CCA) at 405 Main St. South, from R-1 (low density residential) to B-1 (General Commercial). Councilor Dave Fran ..... 
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Chatfield Lutheran Church’s request to vacate alley approved

Mon, Aug 3rd, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

Steve Maki, chair of the construction committee for the church, reviewed the campaign to expand their building at the city council’s July 27 meeting. The campaign started in 2013. In the fall of 2014 church representatives first approached the cit ..... 
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Chatfield to hire Superintendent of City Services

Mon, Jul 20th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

After Tony Lammers announced his intention to retire, a hiring process started in late April. Councilors at their July 13 meeting voted unanimously to offer the Superintendent of City Services position to Brian Burkholder. Burkholder has been employ ..... 
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